95 star campaigners to hold rallies in Tripura

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Agartala, Feb 7 (UNI) The Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked the Tripura administration to provide adequate security to the campaigners of all the political parties contesting in the Assembly elections to be held on February 23.

According to the state poll panel, as many as 95 star campaigners of the ruling Left Front, Opposition - Congress and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), Trinamool Congress and BJP would be campaigning for the elections during the next couple of weeks.

''According to the ECI guidelines, we asked the police administration to ensure adequate security for the political leaders and help them hold peaceful campaigns in the state,'' Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Dr G S G Ayyanger said here today, adding that central paramilitary forces had started arriving in the state from yesterday.

He said the Congress had submitted the list of 40 leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party leader Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet colleagues Pranab Mukherjee, P R Das Munshi, Ambika Soni, Santosh Mohan Deb and other leaders of the AICC.

The list also included four Chief Ministers - Ghulam Nabi Azad (Jammu and Kashmir), Tarun Gagoi (Assam), Dorgi Gorung (Arunachal Pradesh) and O Ibobi Singh (Manipur), Dr Ayyanger informed.

The ruling Left Front had earlier submitted the list of 40 campaigners from West Bengal, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and New Delhi and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and politburo member Sitaram Yechury had already addressed two election rallies here while West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, CPI(M) West Bengal state unit secretary Biman Bose, two West Bengal Ministers - Sudharsan Roy Choudhury, Surya Kanta Mishra - along with others, would particiate in the next phase of the campaign, Left Front sources said.

Meanwhile, BJP president Rajnath Singh, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sushma Swaraj, L K Advani and six other top leaders of the party would be joining the party's election campaign while Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was expected to hold rallies in different parts of the state during the next week.

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